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What does small amounts of hydroxyurea in blood mean?

What does small amounts of hydroxyurea in blood mean?

Treatment/exposure: Hydroxyurea is a drug used to treat certain blood disorders, some cancers, and HIV disease. If you not on this medicine you may be exposed to it in other ways such as handling it for a loved one. If neither is the case, please consult a healthcare provider asap. ...Read more

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What is hydrea (hydroxyurea) usually used to treat?

What is hydrea (hydroxyurea) usually used to treat?

Many diseases: This antimetabolite has been used for >100yrs in treating benign & malignant conditions including sickle cell disease, essential thrombocytosis, p. Vera, cml, prostate cancer, psoriasis, & even aids. ...Read more

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My dad has to take hydroxyurea. Why?

My dad has to take hydroxyurea. Why?

Blood disorder: My suspicion is that he has a blood disorder called a myeloproliferative neoplasm. His bone marrow is probably making too many of one or more cells. This medication treats this to prevent any complications of over production. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are hydroxyurea and clexane usually given together?

Are hydroxyurea and clexane usually given together?

Depends on situation: What is the reason Hydroxyurea is being given? One use of Hydroxyurea is to treat resistant chronic myelocytic leukemia (cml, a cancer of white blood cells). Cancers increase risk of blood clots (dvt), which can be treated w enoxaparin (clexane) in such a case, both would be given. If in hospital, meds like enoxaparin can be used to prevent dvt.Other scenarios exist in which both could be used. ...Read more

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Can hydroxyurea prevent priapism?

Let me try: Priapism is a rare condition which causes a persistent, and often painful, penile erection. An antineoplastic drug (hydroxyurea) may prevent future episodes of priapism for patients with sickle cell disease. ...Read more

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Does taking durea (hydroxyurea) reduces platelets count?

It can: Reduction in white blood cell count usually occurs before platelet count decreases. See this site for more info on side effects. http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/hydroxyurea-oral-route/side-effects/DRG-20068109 ...Read more

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How long can you safely take hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

How long can you safely take hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

Risks vs. Benefits: Hydroxyurea is used to treat sickle cell anemia and some leukemias (blood cancers). As will most medications, there is no official time limit. A medicine that is helpful, is doing a good job, has no equal alternative, and thus is needed, can be used until it is no longer needed. The doctor can explain the risks of "not treating" and of drug side effects, versus the benefits of using hydroxyurea. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hydroxyurea 500 mg availability?

Can you tell me about hydroxyurea 500 mg availability?

Available: 500mg oral tab of hydroxyurea is available in US. Is that your question?. The dosing of hydroxyurea, however, should be monitored by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can hair relaxers cause a problem if taking hydroxyurea?

Can hair relaxers cause a problem if taking hydroxyurea?

I do tink so: Drug interactions there are no data on concomitant use of Hydroxyurea with other drugs in humans. ...Read more

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My mom was prescribed mylocel (hydroxyurea). How does that work?

Antimetabolite: Mylocel, or hydroxyurea, is a form of chemotherapy that works to lower blood counts particularly in patients with leukemia such as chronic myelogenous leukemia and myeloproliferative disorders including polycythemia rubra vera and essential thrombocytosis. Short term side effects may include nausea, hair loss, diarrhea, poor appetite, and nail thickening. Long term effects may include infertility. ...Read more

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Pls advice about the standard /perfect age to taking Hydroxyurea of a e beta thallassemia child?

1 month old : Homozygous hemoglobin E disease (genetic; inherited from both parents) gives mild beta thalassemia & anemia & mildly enlarged spleen; probably doesn't need treatment. Hgb E beta thalassemia disease (E from 1 parent, beta thal from the other): severe incurable disease. Hydroxyurea safe in infants. My guess: start early as possible after 1 mo old. Do discuss this with your pediatric hematologist. ...Read more

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"Hydroxyurea may affect fertility (ability to have children), whether a man or a woman."Please advice..

"Hydroxyurea may affect fertility (ability to have children), whether a man or a woman."Please advice..

Chemotherapy: it is a chemotherapy drug (a mild one, that doesn't have severe side effects, once it has been checked, worries about it lowering blood counts too much are not much). It does lower sperm quality and that effect can last after it is stopped. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17316339 ...Read more

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Could hydroxyurea raise your pulse rate?

Could hydroxyurea raise your pulse rate?

Possibly: High pulse rate (tachycardia) is not reported as a common side effect of hydroxyurea, but if your red blood cell count drops as a side effect, your heart rate may increase in order to increase the oxygen delivery to your tissues. ...Read more

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Can one drink alcohol while taking hydroxyurea ?

Can one drink alcohol while taking hydroxyurea ?

Yes, but...: In moderation, there should be no interaction between alcohol and hydroxyurea. If you take Hydroxyurea for sickle cell anemia, you should be careful with alcohol because alcohol can lead to dehydration which can precipitate a sickle crisis. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking hydroxyurea for cml?

Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking hydroxyurea for cml?

In moderation: A drink or two shouldn't be a problem. I wouldn't recommend drinking to intoxication...at all really...but particularly when taking medication for chronic illness. ...Read more

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How long can a patient take hydroxyurea for primary essential thrombocytosis?

As long as it works: This medication has been studied for a long time. There has been no reported cases of secondary cancers directly related to hydrea (hydroxyurea). It just needs to be monitored, as you know. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have (et) how high can platelets get before you recommend meds like hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

I have (et) how high can platelets get before you recommend meds like hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

ET: When deciding whether to recommend hydrea, (hydroxyurea) the md takes into account patient's age, underlying cardiovascular risk factors, ; prior history of blood clots. The number of platelets is irrelevant if a patient is otherwise healthy. I have plenty of patients with platelet counts around 1 million. Look for an article from blood journal called "how i treat essential thrombocythemia" for a good summary. ...Read more

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